Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Pepe the Frog Creator is the Hero We Need

You know that creepy frog thing used by alt-right trolls and neo-nazis so much that it, bizarrely, has been declared a hate symbol? It was originally just another bit of weird art created by comic artist Matt Furie that got turned into a meme. I used to see it all the time on Tumblr. I never really understood the comedic value of this particular meme, maybe because the frog always kind of unnerved me, but it was just another part of the younger generation's foray into absurdist, Dada-esque humor.

But I guess assholes on 4chan and actual neo-nazi sites loved it even more, and it became a hate symbol to the dismay of poor, poor Matt Furie. Seriously I feel so bad for that guy. He just likes to draw muscular armadillos and hamburger head people. He never asked for this.

Yet even though none of this is his fault, Matt's taking on these nazi fuckers anyway.

Pepe the Frog Creator Shuts Down Publication of Alt-Right Children's Book

Comic artist Matt Furie and a team of lawyers reached an out-of-court settlement on Monday with Eric Hauser, the author of the The Adventures of Pepe and Pede, which was self-published on August 1st but later picked up by conservative publishing house Post Hill Press. Furie claimed the new book was both racist and Islamaphobic.
"Matt has really decided he wants to aggressively enforce his intellectual property against somebody who is using it in a racist way, or to promote white supremacy, or any kind of hate," Louis Tompros, one of Furie's attorneys, said on Monday. "This is a circumstance in which we have his creation being marketed in this children's book along with really horrible themes." 
Hauser and Furie's agreement requires Hauser to donate the book's $1,521.54 in profits to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, destroy all hard and electronic copies in his possession, and cease publication of the book. This is Furie's first legal action against a copyright infringement on the Pepe character, though Tompros suggested it wouldn't be the last.

This is the best example of getting lemons and making lemonade and then forcing the lemon-giver to donate the lemonade to the people the lemon-giver hates that I've ever seen. Thank you, Matt Furie, for being an amazing ray of sunshine in an ever-darkening world. I love you.

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